Greifswald Reaction by The Royal Elite Ninjas Inc. [web]
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release date : january 2015
release party : Payback 2015
compo : pc demo
ranked : 8th
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popularity : 56%
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added on the 2015-02-01 10:55:45 by MuffinHop MuffinHop

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Hello, so I'm back home. PayBack 2015 was awesome!

We released Greifswald Reaction demo at PayBack 2015, for the demo competition. I began working on the demo almost half a year ago by coding a decent fragment shaderprogram using sphere tracing method and doing 2D effects. At DemoJS we released Lahti-demo as a early taste what we were planning to release at PayBack, after getting feedback from that I reworked the whole sphere tracer and made it look a bit better. It has shadows and reflections. Some of the objects don't reflect much because I don't like thing to be too shiny and reflective, I'd rather have render that might be in the real world.

I talked with noby in November that we should do a Pan Sonic/Minimalist style demo. Because I fucked up managing the project noby had no idea what I was working on so he could not participate that well in doing the demo. He made part of the soundtrack but we could not include it in our demo because when I was finally giving some information about the effects to noby he was busy with the Epoch demo and lots of other stuff. Therefor he ended up using the pan sonicish song that was planned for Greifswald Reaction demo for Epoch's Engine demo. For Greifswald Reaction I used a song noby had made some time ago. I planned a shit ton of effects for the demo but the potential demosongs noby provided did not work so well with the effects so I had to drop a shit ton of effects and the whole concept from the demo that is the main reason why the effects are not terribly tight-knit. noby helped out with some ideas and post effects at the partyplace so major thanks to him.

I had a lot better idea for the models Dysposin and Sainigma provided but due to running out of time I had to come up with a totally different scene for those models. But hey thanks to those guys for doing some nice models.

I like faking simulations so I made a fake splash effect for Lahti-demo, and like for Lahti I wanted to do something similar so I did a fake water spead effect. I must admit the effect is not quite as cool as the Lahti-demo splash was but it's good enough.

I would've used the same demo engine as Epoch does but due to demo engines repository not having some files and me not reaching sm^ren/epoch(I guess he was abroad at the time) to fix this soon enough. For some stupid reason graphics card drivers fallback to Intel gpu on browsers so I could not use my handy Javascript engine. I had to come up a simple new demo engine fast and for that I unfortunately had to use Java because I wanted to speed up things with LibGDX library.

I'm now going to take a long break from the new school pc scene and do something else(8-bit? 486? psx? droid?).
Next time we'll have to change strategies so next demo would be atleast one hundred times better.
added on the 2015-02-01 10:56:01 by MuffinHop MuffinHop
this was actually one of my faves on the stream :)
rulez added on the 2015-02-01 11:24:14 by sensenstahl sensenstahl
final version(will run better on slower hardware!) coming once i feel like it.
added on the 2015-02-01 11:26:32 by MuffinHop MuffinHop
rulez added on the 2015-02-01 11:30:24 by sm sm
on OSX, java -jar greifswald.jar

Exception in thread "LWJGL Application" java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: no uniform with name 'u_projTrans' in shader
added on the 2015-02-01 20:57:05 by _-_-__ _-_-__
_-_-__, sorry I don't have OSX machine so Windows only, also inferior hardware is not supported.
added on the 2015-02-01 22:14:02 by MuffinHop MuffinHop
Excellent music and nice looking scenes, I enjoyed it.
rulez added on the 2015-02-02 06:29:06 by StingRay StingRay
I liked the music, the rest of it was okay. Nice to watch.
rulez added on the 2015-02-02 07:24:31 by Starchaser Starchaser
What StingRay said. Feels a bit uninspired, but that's how they go sometimes. Liked the long write-up too.
rulez added on the 2015-02-02 11:13:42 by Preacher Preacher
Excellent. Nice writeup also.
rulez added on the 2015-02-02 11:42:12 by leGend leGend
There's some content but the presentation side is (once again, branch ;)) completely lacking. I did though enjoy the mood provided by the music and some of the visuals.
rulez added on the 2015-02-02 13:09:24 by l_n l_n
I liked it, BUT:
- Seriously impaired by all the filtering artifacts
- Felt like it tries to be 'HD', but fails completely at that (render at 2560x1440 is doable, MSAA, FXAA whatever).

This would imho improve the production a lot!
added on the 2015-02-02 14:59:19 by quisten quisten
What Sense said! But, after third watch, also what lovebox said ;)
rulez added on the 2015-02-02 15:05:10 by HellMood HellMood
A couple of scenes that mimic 1990s demo tropes in a strange way.

Besides: No real design, sync or direction. Repeated scenes, artifacts, so-so music. Mmmpf.
added on the 2015-02-02 15:17:37 by tomaes tomaes
I find this one hard to judge. There are some quite good looking scenes, fine colour schemes and a pleasant soundtrack (with a bit messy sounding mixing though). On the other hand, there is zero coherence and needless repetition. I have a feeling this could be a very decent demo with some more work, time for a polished final version perhaps?
added on the 2015-02-02 15:22:51 by break break
magnum opus
rulez added on the 2015-02-02 17:10:14 by cce cce
Very nice! Deserve a higher place.
rulez added on the 2015-02-03 09:53:52 by Manwe Manwe
lovely music! and that scene at 1:17-1:22 was awesome.
rulez added on the 2015-02-03 11:41:41 by kimi kardashian kimi kardashian
really nice stuff going on, but needs a solid concept to stand out
rulez added on the 2015-02-05 02:12:54 by wullon wullon
rulez added on the 2015-02-10 17:41:22 by provod provod
Very cool!
rulez added on the 2015-02-13 10:38:48 by bitl bitl
rulez added on the 2015-03-13 03:44:17 by blackpawn blackpawn
enjoyable to watch and listen to
rulez added on the 2015-03-28 13:24:12 by SiR SiR
What sir said
rulez added on the 2016-02-14 19:14:10 by Triace Triace

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